If you missed this year’s 10th Annual LeCompte Kalaway Trail Owners Cup Polo Tournament in Barrington Hills, we have you covered! 365BarringtonTV Reporter James Owen was there to capture the polo, tailgates, highlights AND the winner of this year’s ladies’ hat competition on camera.
James interviewed some of the colorful characters who add so much personality to this beloved Barrington Hills tradition. In addition to the woman whose hat took the top prize, James introduces us to Cathy LeCompte from the family that owns Oakwood Farms, home of the Barrington Hills Polo Club fields where the tournament takes place.
We also have reaction to this year’s tournament from Barrington Hills polo player, Megan West! Megan is with the Barrington Hills Polo Club and the Barrington Hills Riding Club and she’s the point-person in charge of many of the tournament details. Megan says, for her, the highlight is spending time with good friends in a beautiful setting, while enjoying one of the area’s most anticipated equestrian events of the year.
As a polo player, Megan experiences the matches from the center of the action and says this year’s competition was very tight and exciting as evidenced by the fact that the two first matches of the feature game both ended in a tie!
“I played in the feature match for Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. This unique three team competition featured a round-robin game between Lake Forest Sports Cars, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, and the Harrington Family Polo Team. Lake Forest Sports Cars was the winner, Nadir Khan was named MVP and Martini, owned by me (Megan West) was named best playing pony in the feature match. In the Battle of the Sexes, the ladies (sponsored by the Elder family) continue to dominate and defeated the gentleman (sponsored by Medieval Times) again this year! Adrienne Purves was named MVP and Trump, owned by Stuart Taussig, was named best playing pony.”
Megan summed up her survey of the day’s events by expressing how thankful riders are to the Barrington Hills landowners who allow access to the many miles of riding trails adjacent to their properties. “The trail owners, for whom the event is named, graciously permit equestrian trails on their property and are part of the reason why Barrington Hills is so special and has been able to preserve open space for all, whether they own horses or not, to enjoy.”
For one last look at the 2014 LeCompte/Kalaway Trail Owners Cup Polo Tournament, enjoy this album of photos taken during Saturday’s tournament, courtesy of 365BarringtonTV’s James Owen.